Kenya, Korea partnership to boost transport sector

Friday, June 7th, 2024 14:00 | By
Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen. PHOTO/@kipmurkomen/x.

Kenya is exploring ways to modernize its transport and infrastructure through partnerships.

Cabinet Secretary for Roads, Transport and Public Works Kipchumba Murkomen has on Friday, June 7, 2024, revealed that he held a joint talk with Korea’s Minister for Land, Infrastructure and Transport Sangwoo Park on growing partnerships in the transport sector.

 Murkomen highlighted that the partnership will help in preparations for future expressways, cooperation in the intelligent traffic systems, bus rapid transport, and infrastructure for the Konza Technopolis.

"After addressing the infrastructure portion of the forum, I held bilateral talks with Korea’s Minister for Land, Infrastructure, and Transport Sangwoo Park.

"We discussed the strong and growing partnerships in the transport sector, which include cooperation in intelligent traffic systems, bus rapid transport, infrastructure for the Konza Technopolis, and preparations for future expressways,” he said.

Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen. PHOTO/@kipmurkomen/x.

Adding that the 2024 Korea – Africa Summit held in Seoul South Korea focused on the robust development in housing, transportation, and urban development.

“The 2024 Korea-Africa Infrastructure Forum, which was part of the inaugural Korea-Africa
Summit in Seoul, bolstered cooperation between Korea and African nations, focusing on robust development in sectors such as housing, urban development, transportation, roads, and railways,” he said. 

Expressway cooperation

On June 5, 2024, Murkomen disclosed a possible collaboration with the Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC) after visiting its headquarters.

“I met with the President of KEC, Mr. Ham Jin-Gyu. Korea Expressway Corporation is a state-owned, we discussed cooperation in various areas where the KEC has achieved tremendous success and gained expertise, including the framework for constructing and managing expressways and advanced technologies for managing traffic,” he said.

Recognizing the company's efforts in building expressways the CS said that the major project which is under construction is fully funded by its own source of revenue.

Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen. PHOTO/@kipmurkomen/x.

"I also visited the Godeok Grand Bridge, which is under construction and is the longest cable-stayed concrete bridge in the world. The bridge is funded largely by own-source revenue.

"The bridge carries 6-8 lanes of traffic over the Han River and is a section of a major new expressway project connecting Seoul to the south of the country," he said.

Adding that government, we are committed to incorporating lessons from our partners to expand and modernize roads even as we ensure safety.

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